Center for Sustainable Communities
September 26, 2016
Luther's solar arrays featured in U.S. Department of Energy case study
As part of the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative, the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) and Second Nature released three case studies highlighting higher education investment in solar energy projects, one of which featured  Luther College. The purpose of the case studies is to showcase working financial models for universities and other higher education institutions to invest in solar energy on campus. Luther currently hosts the second most solar in Iowa, and ranks third nationally among private liberal arts colleges behind Oberlin and Bowdoin.  Visit the Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Systems webpage to read the case study and learn more about Luther's renewable energy projects. 
Plant Giveaway Day- Tuesday, September 27th
The Center for Sustainable Communities has partnered with the Luther College Grounds Crew for the annual 
Plant Giveaway Event. Students, faculty and staff who arrive at the Valders Greenhouse from 9:40 to 10:50am on Tuesday, September 27th will be able to pick up their free potted plant that Grounds Crew has grown from clippings of plants already on campus. Make sure you get there early to pick up some greenery for your room and office- plants go fast! 
First year service projects get new students involved with sustainability, land stewardship
Over the weekend of September 10th, first year students and Resident Assistants (RAs) participated in First Year Service Projects to fill various needs on campus and in the community and to introduce them to sustainability. Throughout the weekend, groups cleared invasive buckthorn from Hickory Ridge Woods and other Luther-owned lands, completed waste audits from dumpsters on campus, and helped out at the Luther College Farm. The Center for Sustainable Communities would like to thank all the first years and RAs who volunteered over the weekend! Visit the Luther College Photoshelter site to see pictures from the activities!
New AmeriCorps and FoodCorps members join the Center for Sustainable Communities
  The Center for Sustainable Communities is proud to welcome new and returning Americorps and Food Corps service members to the community. Elin Amundson, Andrew Blair and Brandi Crozier have returned for a second year of service, and newcomers include, Lauren Allbritton, Shelby Henkelman ('16), Kate Lower ('16), Tess Bergman and Rey Mucia. In their roles they will represent the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative in 10 schools throughout the region. They will collaborate with school wellness teams as they work together to deepen student, teacher and staff understanding about the benefits of growing and consuming local, healthy food and being physically active. To learn more,  visit the NE Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative website, and read personal bios here.
Sustainability Tip
Just say no- to plastic bags. Next time you run to Walmart to pick up something small like deodorant or late night snacks, skip the plastic bag by bringing your own cloth bag, or simply ask the attendant to not put your small items in a bag.  By bringing your own bag to the grocery store or not using one, you can save thousands of plastic bags from ending up in landfills, or even worse, in ecosystems where they can harm living creatures. Were you in a rush or it slipped your mind? Make sure you recycle your plastic bags in the multiple stations around campus, including the  basement of the Union, Brunsdale Lounge, Baker Village Commons or Farwell Hall. 
Questions or comments?
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This newsletter is provided by the Center for Sustainable Communities, which coordinates all sustainability initiatives at Luther College.  The mission of the Center is to promote sustainability and be a catalyst for change on campus and in the region.  For more information on sustainability initiatives at Luther and the outreach work of the Center for Sustainable Communities, please visit:
Upcoming Events
Tuesday, September 27th
Plant Giveaway Day
9:40-10:50am Valders greenhouse
A Luther favorite- stop by the Valders Greenhouse to pick up a free plant from the Luther College Grounds Crew!   Learn more
Tuesday, October 1st
Sustainability House Open House
12-3pm Sustainability House
Sustainability House residents are hosting an open house for the Luther community. Stop by for food, games and great conversation!    Learn more
Saturday, October 8th
Shopping Shuttle
11am  Student Organizational Suite
Student Spotlight
Megan Oliver '19

Megan is a sophomore from Holmen, Wisconsin. Studying Elementary Education and French, Megan is serving a new role in the Center for Sustainable Communities as a Zero Waste Educator. Throughout the year, Megan will be working with students to help them lower their individual waste while finding ways to help Luther achieve zero waste goals. Megan leads by example by trying to live a zero waste lifestyle by producing as little trash as possible. She says, "Since I am so passionate about sustainability, I hope to implement programs like this in my future classroom such as composting, education on recycling and the importance of reducing and reusing! I want to empower my future students to positively impact our earth!" Read more about the efforts Megan will be expanding on this year on the Waste Reduction webpage
General Manager- Intervale Food Hub
The Intervale Center seeks a dynamic, mission-driven food systems entrepreneur to join our team in Burlington, Vermont to lead the Intervale Food Hub and Gleaning and Food Rescue program. Read more
Urban Agricultural Specialist- Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Black Hawk County
The Urban Agricultural Specialist leads the urban agriculture program in Black Hawk County through educational programming, community outreach and partnership development. Read more
Master Gardner/Regional Coordinator Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Woodbury County
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is looking to hire a Coordinator and Regional Director for the Gardening and Regional Foods Program in Woodbury County, Iowa.  Read more
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